* Project: White Creek Habitat Restoration in New York ?
* Location: Between the Vermont border and Salem Village along Rte 153 in Salem, NY.
* Time frame: ON HOLD INDEFINITELY as of 2014. The Town and Village of Salem have undertaken flood mitigation work along the reach of White Creek from above Chambers Road on down to the Village. The work for the Salems that is underway involves removing gravel accumulations from Irene flooding, recreating stream channel meanders, constructing berms for floodwater storage, and reinforcements related to several road and railroad bridges. Because of this flood mitigation work future Alliance plans for projects are uncertain. I am marking this project as completed to take it out of the lineup of current projects since how the Alliance can assist in flood resilience work that will make sense for both the stream and the Village are not clear at this time.
* Partners: The Alliance and the following partners will continue to evaluate habitat restoration opportunities for White Creek in NY: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department, NY Department of Environmental Conservation, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Washington County Soil, Water, and Conservation District, Adirondack and Clearwater Trout Unlimited Chapters.
* Problem description: This section of White Creek has been straightened and channelized and in some places flood plain access is restricted by the railroad embankment, by roads, and by undersized bridges, and there is excess sedimentation and erosion related in part to flood waters coming downstream from Vermont. These poor dynamics and other factors have contributed to degraded habitat for native Eastern Brook Trout, as well as contributing to the flooding in Salem Town and Salem Village.
* Planned project work: If we ultimately go ahead with any work our projects would involve structures and engineering to improve flood plain access, to restore meanders and flood channels, and to install cover and shelter structures. Altogether these improvements would improve trout habitat and function to mitigate erosion and lessen the intensity and speed of flooding. But everything is on hold for the time being.
Photos show a section of White Creek that is clearly too straight, channelized and kept out of the flood plain, two photos of bank erosion where the stream is trying to make stabilizing curves, an old railroad bridge that is too small and whose embankment prevents flood plain access, and an undersized bridge in Salem Village with excess sediment built up beneath it. Town and Village work in White Creek can be viewed in places by driving along Rte 153 from Rte 22 to Chambers Road in Salem.